Resuscitation Council (UK)
Resuscitation guidelines

Resuscitation guidelines

Guidelines and guidance

Guidelines 2010

The guidelines contain detailed information about basic and advanced life support for adults, paediatrics and the newborn. Also included are guidelines for the use of Automated External Defibrillators and other related topics.


until G2015UK released

Adult Basic Life Support

Adult Advanced Life Support

Paediatric Basic Life Support

Paediatric Advanced Life Support

Newborn Life Support

In-hospital resuscitation

The use of Automated External Defibrillators

Prevention of in-hospital cardiac arrest and decisions about CPR

Pre-hospital cardiac arrest

Peri-arrest arrhythmias


In July 2012 the process used by the Resuscitation Council (UK) to produce the 2010 Resuscitation Guidelines was accredited by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE). The NICE Accreditation Scheme recognises organisations that demonstrate high standards in producing health or social care guidance. Users of NICE accredited guidance can therefore have high confidence in the quality of the information provided. The NICE Accreditation was based on the procedures and methodology used in the development of the 2010 Resuscitation Guidelines, as documented in the Resuscitation Council (UK) Guidelines Development Process Manual (2012). The 2010 Guidelines are the current edition of the Resuscitation Guidelines. 

In March 2015 the Resuscitation Council (UK) received NICE Accreditation for the process used to assemble and produce all its guideline documents. The new Resuscitation Guidelines, to be published in October 2015, will be developed as documented in the Resuscitation Council (UK) Guidelines Development Process Manual (2015). Accreditation is valid for five years from March 2015. 

NICE manages the NHS Evidence service, which provides access to authoritative clinical and non-clinical evidence and best practice through a web-based portal.